Former Wisconsin Judge: ‘Our Court System Has Been Deeply Intimidated by the Left’

Trump campaign attorney James Troupis gestures as he gives an opening statement during a hearing to discuss election security and the 2020 election process on December 16, 2020 on Capitol Hill in Washington,DC. (Greg Nash/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)

A former judge from Wisconsin, who is now representing the Trump campaign in the state, told lawmakers this week that he believes intimidation by the left has prevented lawyers and judges from accepting and hearing election fraud cases.

“We have to acknowledge that the court system has been deeply intimidated by the left, just as the lawyers have been intimidated,” James Troupis told the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee on Wednesday. “And that’s a sad, sad state of affairs.”

The committee was conducting a hearing that explored voting “irregularities” from the 2020 general election. During the hearing, witnesses testified about a litany of alleged instances of election fraud occurring in multiple contested states.

Their claims are backed up by mounting evidence from witnesses, whistleblowers, and data experts that have emerged in recent weeks alleging that a proportion of ballots cast and counted in these battleground states were done so under irregular and fraudulent circumstances. Much of the evidence was presented through affidavits in the lawsuits filed by the Trump campaign or third parties, and through state legislature hearings hosted by Republicans.

During the Senate hearing, Troupis, one of the witnesses, explained why he decided to represent the campaign in their effort to challenge election results when many lawyers refused. He said that he believes many prominent law firms did not want to participate in the election lawsuits due to a fear of retaliation by the left.

“One of the reasons I was called because virtually every major law firm in this country and in this city refused to represent the president. Not because of the lack of merit in his claims—we’ve certainly demonstrated that there’s merit—but because of the cancel culture,” Troupis said.

“Because of the environment that has been created by the left that has intimidated lawyers so that they can’t be here. They’re not here, from the giant law firms, precisely because they were ordered by their management committees and others that, ‘You cannot take those cases. The reasons you cannot take those cases is because our clients, or the Democrat party, or the incoming administration will remember that and they will hold it against you.’”

He added, “As a former judge, I was so incensed by that.”

This comes as other lawyers representing the president and his campaign have revealed that they have been harassed or threatened following their decision to take up election cases.

One of the lawyers, Linda Kern, who has since withdrawn from a Pennsylvania case, had to be placed under official protection after receiving “threats of harm.” Kern revealed in November that she had “been subjected to continuous harassment in the form of abusive emails, phone calls, physical and economic threats, and even accusations of treason—all for representing the President of the United States’ campaign in this litigation.”

Kern said that some of the harassment came from a lawyer from an opposing firm—Kirkland & Ellis, which is representing defendants in the election case—who left a minute-long voicemail that “falls afoul of the standards of professional conduct.” Another Kirkland lawyer defended his firm, saying that the call was “discourteous and not appropriate” but disagreed with Kern’s characterization. The firm eventually withdrew from the case.

Similarly, Trump campaign legal adviser Jenna Ellis said she’s received “hundreds” of threats, including anonymous phone calls, since taking up election cases.

Despite the difficulties, many Trump campaign lawyers and attorneys from third-party lawsuits are pushing forward with their legal challenges seeking to invalidate certain ballots until concerns over potential fraud are transparently and independently addressed.

However, many of these cases have been tossed out by judges for procedural reasons, such as lack of standing to bring a case; lack of jurisdiction to sue; mootness, where there is no longer a controversy between the parties; and laches, where a judge ruled there was a lack of diligence in bringing a claim. Other judges were not convinced by the allegations presented.

Ellis told The Epoch Times’ “American Thought Leaders” in a recent interview that the “fight is not over” and that the president has until January to continue with their legal efforts.

Jack Phillips contributed to this report.

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Trump Praises Navarro Report on Alleged Election Irregularities

President Donald Trump departs on the South Lawn of the White House, in Washington on Dec. 12, 2020. (Al Drago/Getty Images)

President Donald Trump heaped praise on a 36-page report by Peter Navarro on alleged irregularities across key battleground states in the 2020 presidential election.

“Peter Navarro releases 36-page report alleging election fraud ‘more than sufficient’ to swing victory to Trump. A great report by Peter. Statistically impossible to have lost the 2020 Election,” the president wrote on Twitter in the early hours of Saturday.

Navarro, who is a White House adviser to the president and the Director of the Office of Trade and Manufacturing Policy, released the report on Dec. 17 in his capacity as a private citizen.

“From the findings of this report, it is possible to infer what may well have been a coordinated strategy to effectively stack the election deck against the Trump-Pence ticket,” Navarro wrote.

“Indeed, the patterns of election irregularities observed in this report are so consistent across the six battleground states that they suggest a coordinated strategy to, if not steal the election, then to strategically game the election process in such a way as to unfairly tilt the playing field in favor of the Biden-Harris ticket.”

The report examined “six dimensions” of alleged election irregularities in the battleground states of Georgia, Pennsylvania, Michigan, and Wisconsin, as well as Arizona and Nevada.

Summary of findings regarding election irregularities in six battleground states. (Source: Data – The Immaculate Deception report; Design – The Epoch Times)

The “six dimensions” include outright voter fraud, ballot mishandling, contestable process fouls, Equal Protection Clause violations, voting machine irregularities, and significant statistical anomalies, according to Navarro. Each “dimension” is further categorized into several subsets in the report.

For example, the report notes that “outright voter fraud” encompasses a number of phenomena, including large-scale manufacturing of fake ballots, bribery, dead voters, ballots cast by ineligible voters such as felons and illegal aliens, ballots counted multiple times, and illegal out-of-state voters.

Summary of findings regarding outright voter fraud in six battleground states. (Source: Data – The Immaculate Deception report; Design – The Epoch Times)

“This was theft by a thousand cuts across six dimensions and six battleground states rather than any one single ‘silver bullet’ election irregularity,” Navarro wrote in his concluding observations. “While all six battleground states exhibit most, or all, six dimensions of election irregularities, each state has a unique mix of issues that might be considered ‘most important.’”

He took a heavy tone to what he called the “anti-Trump media and censoring social media” for being complicit in blocking Americans from the truth of the situation, writing, “This is a dangerous game that simultaneously undermines the credibility of the media and the stability of our political system and republic.”

Navarro called for journalists and political leaders who have been involved in such efforts to acknowledge the election irregularities and carry out investigations into the 2020 election.

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White House adviser Peter Navarro speaks to reporters outside the West Wing in Washington on July 3, 2020. (Erin Scott/Reuters)

“If this is not done before Inauguration Day, we risk putting into power an illegitimate and illegal president lacking the support of a large segment of the American people,” he wrote, adding that if election irregularities are not fully investigated before Jan. 20, the nation may never have a fair presidential election again.

He decried what he called failures of Republican governors in Arizona and Georgia, as well as the state legislatures of Arizona, Georgia, Michigan, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin, where Republicans hold majorities in both chambers, to initiate investigations into alleged election irregularities.

Navarro also said that state and federal courts, including the Supreme Court, “have failed the American people in refusing to appropriately adjudicate the election irregularities that have come before them.”

Trump and other third parties have sought legal challenges across the six battleground states since Nov. 3, but no efforts have turned out as desired. The Supreme Court has recently declined to hear cases brought from Texas and Pennsylvania challenging the integrity and outcome of the election.

Republican electors in seven states earlier this week cast dueling votes for Trump. They have explained that casting their votes would preserve Trump’s legal claims amid multiple lawsuits contesting the election results. Their votes come as the same states formally appointed Democratic electors who voted for Joe Biden and Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.).

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